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Why not put them in zip lock and warm to 120 degrees in water? This will let the inside temp more equally match the outside temp. I think the less cooking the better. Ever other animal on earth does not cook ANY of their food! A little cooking…
I am building mine out of granite. Lasts forever and even carbide sandpaper will not hurt it.
It took 15 minutes to "sand " 1 foot of the edge of the granite . Really need diamond blade, but they only cost approx $20.00